Two dead after blast hits tourist bus in Egypt

Egyptian officials visit the scene of an attack on a tourist bus in Giza province south of the Egyptian capital Cairo on 28 December, 2018

Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and at least 10 others injured when a roadside bomb blast hit their tour bus on Friday less than 4 km (2.5 miles) from Egypt's world-famous Giza pyramids.

The Pyramids of Giza are the only surviving structure of the seven wonders of the ancient world and a major tourist draw attracting visitors from across the globe. The pyramids are in that region.

The bomb was concealed by a wall and injured 11 other tourists, who were also visiting from Vietnam, Egyptian officials said according to BBC.

The Prime Minister announced that the death toll, which was initially set at two Vietnamese tourists, had risen to three after the representative of the tour company on the trip succumbed to his injuries. In an official statement, Sadeq affirmed the importance of accelerating the attack's investigation and the forensic report, in order to arrest all perpetrators involved.

CNN's Hossam Ahmed reported from Cairo and Mohammed Tawfeeq reported and wrote from Atlanta.

Two Egyptians were among the people injured, the ministry said.

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No one immediately claimed responsibility.

The bus's windscreen was covered in cracks and its side windows were blown out by the blast. "I don't remember anything after".

"The bus deviated from the route secured by the security forces", Madbouly told Extra News TV, Reuters reported.

The country has been under a state of emergency since April 2017, following a series of terrorist attacks against Coptic Christian churches in the Nile delta.

The explosion was the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt for more than a year.

"We extend our honest condolences to the victims' families in Vietnam and Egypt".

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